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14th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference 2017

The 14th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference 2017 will be hosted by the Curtin Law School in Perth, Western Australia. The conference will take place on Tuesday 26th September 2017 to Thursday 28th September 2017. A post-conference workshop, Sharing Property: a Multidisciplinary Workshop will take place on Friday 29 September 2017.

Curtin Law School

The conference theme is ‘Beyond Sole Ownership’.

The conference will commence with a reception in the evening of Tuesday 26th September 2017. Keynote presentations and research streams will be scheduled on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September 2017. The conference will be held at Curtin St Georges Terrace (139 St Georges Terrace, Perth ) and the Curtin Law School (57 Murray St, Perth). The post-conference workshop, Sharing Property: a Multidisciplinary Workshop is scheduled for Friday 29 September 2017 at Curtin St Georges Terrace.

Professor Singer notes:

 Many issues fundamental to property law systems require attention to the norms, values, and ways of life that a society embraces. ..The problem is not just how to grease the wheels of social interaction; the problem is how to determine the character of that interaction. Value choices must be made to determine what property rights can be created, how many owners we should have, who can become an owner, how long rights last, and what obligations owners should have.[1]

 The conference theme encourages discussion of the evolution of existing and emerging property rights, the nature of resultant interests and the impact of upon ‘traditional’ conceptions of property law.  In so doing the conference will consider the perceived ‘disconnect’ between the often exclusionary nature of property law and contemporary political, economic and societal expectation.

The conference theme is intended to encompass new developments and emerging areas in real and personal property law. Topics may include the following:

  • Individual and collective decision making with regard to property;
  • Reconsidering the commons;
  • Strata and community property;
  • Relationships between present and subsequent interests in property;
  • Enduring property relationships;
  • The influence of developing theories of property, including Progressive Property, and the impact on property discourse;
  • Accommodation across generations;
  • The changing nature of personal property;
  • Protecting personal property.


[1] Joseph William Singer, Property as the Law of Democracy, 63 Duke Law Journal 1287-1335 (2014)

Conference Programme

The programme for the 14th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference is now available.

Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers have been announced- follow the link to read more.

Speaker Abstracts and Biographies

Read more about our speakers and their work

Registration details

Registrations are now open-

Follow the link for more information about registering for this conference.

Post-conference workshop: Sharing Property: a Multidisciplinary Workshop

Friday 29 September 2017

This all-day workshop is intended to provide space for discussing the important and contentious issues raised by contemporary multi-owned properties.

Contact Us

Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference

Curtin Law School
Curtin Business School
GPO U1987
Perth WA 6845

Eileen Webb:

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